Pride Weekend makes its dramatic entrance on Saturday, June 23rd, but the rainbow-hued festivities have already begun.
Mark your calendars for these hella gay happenings, starting with opening night at the Frameline film festival on Thursday.
Thurs. June 14th: Puff for Pride
Where: The Stud, 399 Ninth St. (SoMa), studsf.com
Why: Queers and cannabis come together at Puff, a marijuana appreciation and drag party (7-10pm) with DJs, stoner raffles, and more. Admission is $10 at the door.
Thurs. June 14th: Opening Night @ Frameline 42
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro)
Why: Now in its 42nd year, San Francisco's International LGBTQ Film Festival (through June 24) opens tonight with a 7pm screening of TransMilitary, a documentary that explores the lives of transgender troops in America, followed by a gala at Terra Gallery (511 Harrison St, SoMa). // Tickets ($35 for film only; $90 for film + party) are available at frameline.org.
Sat. June 16th: Tea With HRC
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St. (Nob Hill), ritzcarlton.com
Why: Indulge in rainbow-colored pastries, mimosas, and other upscale brunch fare at the Ritz's Pride Afternoon Tea (1-2pm), with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Human Rights Campaign. // Tickets are $80; call 415.296.7465 for reservations.
Sun. June 17th (and June 24th): Sunday's a Drag Brunch
Where: Starlight Room, 450 Powell St. (Union Square)
Why: Because what more fab way to cap a weekend during Pride month than a live show, starring Donna Sachet, over eggs Benedict and glasses of bubbly. // Doors open at 10:30am; tickets ($76) are available at starlightroomsf.com.
Mon. June 18th: Williams-Sonoma's Drag Queen Cook-Off
Where: Williams-Sonoma, 40 Post St. (Union Square)
Why: Juanita More and Sister Roma will go wig to wig in a fierce and flaming culinary battle (6:30 to 8:30pm) to be judged by Liam Mayclem and Top Chef's Melissa King. // Tickets ($16) are available at eventbrite.com.
Thurs. June 21st: High Tide Pride
Where: Hornblower Cruises, Pier 3 (Embarcadero), hornblower.com
Why: Werk that sunset at this bash on the Bay, hosted by Noise Pop and Do the Gay, featuring tunes by Honey Soundsystem and DJ Le1f; drag appearances; Deep Eddy vodka cocktails; and the debut of the Pride Month–exclusive beer Gay Beach. // Boarding at 5:30pm; tickets ($40 and up), are available at eventbrite.com.
Thurs. June 21st: Get Gay with the SF Giants
Where: AT&T Park, 42 Willie Mays Plaza (SoMa)
Why: You'll score a limited edition SF Pride backpack with the purchase of a special event ticket to LGBT Night at Giants stadium. Go for the pre-party (5-7pm) and then watch the Giants battle the Padres. // Tickets ($35-$185) will benefit local LGBT nonprofits and are available at mlb.com.
Thurs. June 21st: Pride NightLife Party
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org
Why: Join Heklina and Hella Gay Dance Party for this annual bash (6pm) with a drag show, DJ sets, dance lessons, a queer scientists panel, and more. // Tickets ($18/members, $22/non-members) are available at calacademy.org.
Fri. June 22nd: Trans March
Where: Dolores Park (Mission)
Why: Celebrate our trans fam at this gathering that pedestals diversity and freedom of expression. Festivities kick off at 11am with coffee and donuts at Good Vibrations (603 Valencia St., Mission) and include programming and speakers throughout the day. The street march (6 to 7:30pm) will be followed by more speeches and then the official after-party (8pm) at El Rio, The Knockout, and Virgil's Sea Room. // For more info, go to transmarch.org.
Sat. June 23rd: SF Pride Run
Where: Golden Gate Park
Sat. June 23rd: Yoga + Bubbly
Where: The Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St (Tenderloin), phoenixsf.com
Why: BYO mat for a free rock-and-roll–themed yoga class with The Pad, followed by a Champagne toast to Pride (10:30am to noon). Be prepared to shop—this event is sponsored by Saje Natural Wellness, which will be on hand with its essential oil products. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.
Sat. June 23rd: Dyke March
Where: Dolores Park (Mission)
Why: Stand up for identity, community, and bad bitches on bikes at this annual event with programming in the park (beginning at 11am) and a street march (5pm). Then head to the official after-party (8pm to 2am at Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom St., SoMa). // For more info, go to thedykemarch.org.
Sat. June 23rd: Wild Things Queer Pride Party
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission), publicsf.com
Why: Oakland's Grammy-nominated artist Kehlani will headline this big gay fete (7pm to 3am), complete with DJs, the Queer Babe Dancers, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LGBT Asylum Project, which provides pro-bono legal representation to LGBT immigrants. // Tickets ($50 GA) are available at eventbrite.com.
Sat. June 23rd: Party With Juanita More!
Where: SVN West, 1595 Market St. (SoMa)
Why: The drag diva will be hosting her first-ever Saturday night soiree (10pm to 4am) in the newly refurbished venue that was once the Carousel Ballroom, which hosted the big bands of the 1930 and '40s, and then Fillmore West, which famously held acts including Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin. On this night, look for an all queer musical lineup including Gavin Rayna Russom of LCD Soundsystem. // Ticket ($45) are available at eventbrite.com; proceeds will benefit TRUTH.
Sun. June 24th: The SF Pride Parade
Where: Do we even have to tell you?
Why: Kicking off at 10:30am from the Embarcadero, the world's oldest, largest, and most fabulous Pride Parade will make its way down Market Street to Civic Center for a day-long celebration with live performances, more than 200 exhibitors and food vendors, and, of course, drinks. This year's celebrity grand marshals are Our Lady J, Jose Xtravaganza, and Luis Camacho. // For more info, go to sfpride.org.
Sun. June 24th: A Birdseye View of the Parade
Where: Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Ln. (SoMa), bluestembrasserie.com
Why: You've been there done that as far as the parade is concerned, but you'd still like to take in the festivities—just not from the ground. Join Bluestem for a rooftop viewing party (10am to 3pm) with an expansive brunch menu and specialty cocktails. // Tickets ($45) are available at eventbrite.com.
Sun. June 24th: Official VIP Pride Party
Where: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Civic Center)
Why: Your all-inclusive ticket buys you the chance to rub elbows (from 2-5pm) away from the madding crowd of Civic Center, with cocktails, DJ beats, and a spread catered by Whole Foods. // Tickets ($85) are available at eventbrite.com.